HIST_173T_10_21_2013 - Week 4 Lecture 10 Monday Gifford Pinchot and the National Forest Idea Marsh and Man Nature Changed his life Silviculture

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Week 4: Lecture 10 Monday, October 21, 2013 Gifford Pinchot and the National Forest Idea Marsh and Man & Nature Changed his life Silviculture Tree-growing like crop growing for sustainable yield Forests cut down centuries and millennium ago Detrich Brandis 1888: Pinchot studied under him "Colossus of Development In full control in US Cutting down of forest Termed by Pinchot Trains carried out trees Clear-cutting o Causes erosion and forest can't repair itself o Leave trees standing and clear out slash to prevent fires 1890 US Census Report No more frontier in the US No area less than 2 sq. miles between people Real shocker to everyone o Cant afford to waste resources anymore Inexhaustibility Forest Reserve Act of 1891 Part of agricultural appropriation Gave president authority to set aside forest land in the west o Take land out of being claimed by acts o Reserved land Benjamin Harrison First president after the Forest Reserve Act Set aside 13 million acres in the remote west o Powerful thing for a president to do o Animosity did not arise because he reserved land far out from communities Grover Cleveland President after Harrison Democratic Party turned back on him so he wanted to do something to leave as a legacy o Had agents go out and look at more forest reserves
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